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Interview with Mark Kaufmann, MD, FAAD

Featuring Mark Kaufmann, MD |

Director of Practice Management, Dermsquared
Chief Medical Officer, Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery
Clinical Professor, Department of Dermatology
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
New York, NY

| Published May 21, 2024

In this episode of Under Your Skin, host Dr Nicholas Brownstone explores the future of dermatology with past President of the American Academy of Dermatology Dr Mark Kaufmann, MD, FAAD. Together, they speculate on the integration of telehealth and technology into dermatologic practice and the potential impact on patient care over the next decade. 

Telehealth: necessity or preference? 

During the COVID-19 pandemic, telehealth emerged as a necessary tool rather than an optional clinical offering. Dr Kaufmann reflects on this period, acknowledging that while many practitioners and patients may have initially viewed telehealth with skepticism due to technological limitations, its adoption was crucial for the continuity of patient care. 

Looking ahead, he sees telehealth evolving into a sophisticated triage mechanism, efficiently identifying patients who require urgent in-person consultations while providing virtual care for others. 

Integrating technology into dermatologic practice 

Dr Kaufmann acknowledges the increasing role of technology in dermatology. He notes that while some fear that technology and artificial intelligence have the potential to replace jobs, he believes that technology will serve as a valuable assistant, particularly in addressing cognitive challenges that many doctors face rather than replacing procedural aspects of care. He predicts that incorporating technology into clinical activities will become standard practice, enhancing rather than supplanting the role of dermatologists and other medical staff. 

The future of dermatology: a technological evolution 

Discussing the next decade, Dr Kaufmann highlights the dynamic nature of health care evolution, noting that while practitioners may not always dictate practice changes, the demand for quality dermatologic care remains constant. Driven by patient preferences and technological advancements, the delivery of care is poised for transformation. Dr. Kaufmann speculates on the influence of patient preferences, noting the inclination of younger generations towards virtual interactions. As technology continues to advance, the landscape of dermatology will evolve, offering exciting prospects for practitioners and patients alike.

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